Amazon’s Prime Video has officially requested a series adaptation of God of War, which is based on PlayStation’s famous ancient mythology-themed action video game.
The series is being co-produced by Sony Pictures Television and Amazon Studios in association with PlayStation Productions. Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (Iron Man, Children of Men) are writing the series with Rafe Judkins (The Wheel of Time) serving as showrunner.
The series is about Kratos, the God of War, who, “after exiling himself from his blood-soaked past in ancient Greece, hangs up his weapons forever in the Norse realm of Midgard. When his beloved wife dies, Kratos sets off on a dangerous journey with his estranged son to spread her ashes from the highest peak—his wife’s final wish. Kratos soon realizes the journey is an epic quest in disguise, one which will test the bonds between father and son, and force Kratos to battle new Gods and monsters for the fate of the world.”
Vernon Sanders, head of global television at Amazon Studios said in a statement: “The God of War is a compelling, character-driven franchise that we believe will captivate our global customers as much with its expansive and immersive worlds as its rich storytelling. We are honored to share in the adventure of exploring the God of War mythology in such a momentous way with Sony Pictures Television, PlayStation Productions, and Santa Monica Studio.”
Katherine Pope, president of Sony Pictures Television Studios added: “We are so proud and excited to be working with our friends at Amazon Studios and our partners at PlayStation Productions to adapt this beautiful and heartbreaking game into a premium live-action series. Rafe, Mark and Hawk are crafting a transportive series that charts a path through the ancient mythological journey of Kratos.”
Asad Qizilbash, head of PlayStation Productions said: “God of War is one of PlayStation’s most awarded video games, so we’re excited to partner with Sony Pictures Television and Amazon Studios to bring our beloved franchise to fans and new audiences in a bold and authentic way.”
Judkins executive produces the series with Oscar nominees Fergus and Ostby as well as Santa Monica Studio’s Studio Creative Director, Cory Barlog. Additional executive producers include Playstation Productions Asad Qizilbash and Carter Swan, Santa Monica Studio’s Yumi Yang as well as Vertigo’s Roy Lee. Santa Monica Studio’s Jeff Ketcham will serve as a co-executive producer.